by Barri Cae Mallin
Webster’s defines the word ‘insatiable’ as the inability to become satisfied (www.m-w.com). God designed us to be needy, but this is for us to depend and rely solely upon Him. My soul waits in silence for God only, from Him is my salvation (Psalm 62:1).Whether it is health, breath, provision, love, food, crops, mercy, forgiveness and so on, we all are designed to be needy. Needy for God.
One would have thought that King David would have known this aspect of life. Even though he penned the above verse, he himself had many wives and at least nine concubines. On a day of which he should have been with his men at war, he stayed behind, he stayed home. That was a fateful day for the king; he got up from his bed, took a walk, saw a woman bathing, and lusted after her. He asked about her, sent for her, laid with her, and was forever marked as an adulterer and murderer. Only when Nathan came and preached the Lamb (sic) to him (2 Samuel 12:1-9) did he recognize his sin.
King David was created with a spiritual longing for God yet he thwarted that divine plan. King David lusted in his heart, his desire was insatiable for Bathsheba, and he contrived a plot to ‘have’ her. Adultery, deception, lies, manipulation and murder are associated with this king forever.
Before salvation, many of us tried to satisfy our own needs through food, money, sex, drugs, and so on. We had a hunger but did not know how to satisfy it. Although we had a spiritual hunger, we thought that other ‘material’ and worldly pleasures would satisfy the longing within that only God can fill.
After salvation, we came to the realization that we still walk in this fleshly body yet our hunger can only be met by a loving relationship with a Holy God. Romans 13:14 encourages us to put on the Lord Yeshua Jesus the Messiah, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. To put on means to embrace the person of, to make that person’s interests our interests. The views of that person should be our views. Emulate and imitate the Lord Yeshua Jesus. May we have the Mind of Messiah.
No matter how much I hunger, for anything, whether it is food, power, attention, love, mercy, anything, all my needs can only be met through Messiah Jesus. No amount of food will meet the spiritual hunger that is within. Spiritual food feeds our spiritual hunger. Yeshua is the Mayeem Khy-eem, the Living water and when we partake of Him, we will never thirst again. He satisfies our deepest hunger, which occurs at the core of our being. Things never satisfy for we will just be looking for more things. Our hearts are truly satisfied when we enjoy communion with our Creator God.
Titus 2:11-13 notes,
Keep looking up, He is our blessed hope. Emulate Him by asking God to make you fruitful as Galatians 5:22-23 encourages us to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit [which] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control….
Yeshua Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:13-14).
May we never again thirst for anything but You!
Barri Cae Mallin holds a Ph.D.
in Biblical Studies from